STATE IMPERFECT 2019


Recent figures have shown that Homelessness has risen by a third between 2016-2019; and has doubled in London. Around 4,751 people were estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in England in 2017 = this Is of increase of 169% since 2010. 30% of children are classed as living in poverty in the UK in 2018. According to DWP figures, 20 million people were claiming benefits in the last quarter of 2018. 66% of those are over state pension age and 34% of working age. 4.2 Million people claimed Housing Benefit in the last quarter of 2018. Around … Continue reading STATE IMPERFECT 2019

“Cathy Come Home” to Rushden!


  The Full Gospel Church in Rushden held a marvelous screening of Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home on the 13th June 2018  Ciceros.org has an exclusive interview with Mark Lees of Rushden’s local housing and community project ENCS The … Continue reading “Cathy Come Home” to Rushden!

Government Housing Benefit rules for 18-21 year olds spells 9,000 more homeless warns Charity


Removing housing benefit from young people could see 9,000 left unable to access accommodation and placed at risk of homelessness, a charity has estimated. On Friday, the government unveiled regulations which will remove the housing benefit element of Universal Credit … Continue reading Government Housing Benefit rules for 18-21 year olds spells 9,000 more homeless warns Charity

Church warns of unfair sanctions against those experiencing mental heath problems


The Methodist Church in England fears that people with mental health problems are experiencing sanctions on their benefits at a possible rate of 100 people a day, more than claimants suffering other conditions, according to figures presented to them by the DWP. In March last year 4,500 people who are claiming Employment and Support Allowance due to mental heath issues were sanctioned, this figure was not the total amount as it did not include overturned decisions. The concern the Methodist Church had from these findings is that those with mental health conditions who failed to attend the Work Programme interviews … Continue reading Church warns of unfair sanctions against those experiencing mental heath problems